2023 Bridal Makeup Trends

What trends are we ringing in the new year with and what are we so over and done with this year, read on to find out…

In 2022 we saw a lot of heavy contouring, heavy doses of colour and a lot of shimmers. Whether that was in the form of shadows on the lids or highlighters on the cheekbones. All super beautiful and the looks were stunning, I enjoyed every bit of bridal beauty I did last year. But I am super excuted to see all my 2023 brides and create some new looks this year.

Sooo…here are my bridal makeup predictions for 2023 brides:

Softer, sculpted faces

Less of the heavy contour and bronzer, and more of the barely there shadows. Just enough to accentuate a jawline and a cheekbone, but no new nose jobs. This is where the powder contour palettes come into play, they tend to be more forgiving and you start with a little and build as needed. Some of my favourite palettes for contouring are the Kevyn Aucoin Contour Book and the Scott Barnes Sculpting & Contour Palette becuase of the great shade range.

Matte Shadows

Matte eyes and full lashes. Gone are the days of overly highlighted faces and sparkly eyes. We are going to start seeing more subdued colours and hues, think terracottas, taupes, browns and even pinks. Full lashes paired with matte eyes and smoked-out liners create a soft yet sultry eye look that pairs well with any attire. The Master Mattes eyeshadow palette by Mario is a really great palette to have this season to create this look. Another favorite of mine is the Violet Voss Matte Vibes eyeshadow palette.

Rosy Cheeks

We’ve seen the rosy cheeks surface in popularity in 2022 and we’ll see it carry through to this year as well. Applying blush on the apples of your cheeks and across the bridge of your nose is a very “youthful” look. Another way of wearing “rosy cheeks”, is carrying your blush up to your orbital bone, and just under the outer corner of your eye. This also helps create a slimmer facial appearance.

Some great pink blushes for 2023 are MAC Extra Dimension Blush in Rosy Cheeks and the Patrick Ta Double-Take Creme & Powder blush in She’s a Doll.

Glossy Lips

Matte lips are beautiful and they’ve had their moment, but it’s time to move over and bring in the glossy pout. Glossy lips are easier to maintain throughout the day becuase of layering on the lips. Gloss is the last product we put on, so when your drinking out of a straw its the first layer to come off, making it easier to touch up.

Gloss also helps make your lips appear bigger and because of the texture on your lips, its also photographs better than matte lips do.

My favourite glosses to use right now are lip oils because they aren’t sticky and they still give you that beautiful luscious pout. So here are my top lip oils, the Dior Lip Glow Oil in light pink and Lilah B Lovingly Lip Tinted Lip Oil Gloss.


In a nutshell, 2023 Bridal Makeup Trends will either be a beautiful harmony of a softly sculpted complexion with a matte smokey eye, rosy hues and glossy lips. Or it can simply feature any of the above in a single look. These are just my predictions for the coming bridal season, let’s see what my 2023 Brides start asking for!